What we do
OvidiuRo focuses on making early education accessible to and effective for disadvantaged children throughout Romania via teacher training, providing rich educational materials, and parent education.
It is well-known that young minds need stimulation to develop, and that success in school is largely dependent on experiences during the first years of life. Children growing up in households without books, a frequent condition in poor communities, are already severely disadvantaged by the time they enter primary school, and consequently, they often drop out of school as soon as they can. Attending preschool is critical for such children. Age-appropriate books and other educational materials, as well as guided activities, set children on a path to literacy and numeracy, a path that will lead to further education and can ultimately allow them to break the cycle of poverty in which their families have been trapped.
OvidiuRo’s programs offer material resources and guidance to address the needs of children, their families, and their teachers. It is only through such coordinated efforts can there be significant, lasting change.
Over the past two decades, we have learned that providing materials without training teachers in how to maximize their use – or conversely, training teachers without providing them with adequate quality materials, severely limits the ultimate impact! But combining teacher training, quality resources, and the development of a community of committed teachers results in major advances in disadvantaged children’s readiness for primary school – all under the big umbrella of the Agency for Early Education.
OvidiuRo’s children’s programs are designed to make preschool welcoming and effective. Recognizing the critical role of parents in the education process, our programs always include a parent component.
Prepare children to succeed in school
Our dedicated programs for children make preschool welcoming and effective. As we recognize the importance of parents in the education process, we consider them to be our partners, along with the teachers.
This program helps kindergartens provide a foundation for literacy, by supplying engaging books, mini-libraries, and teacher training. Children enrolled in our programs also receive books to take home.
This is a project to keep young minds in learning mode over the summer holiday. Children read, learn elementary hygiene, socialize and, if necessary, take part in remedial learning sessions.
Develop Great Teachers & Model Classrooms
Over the past two decades we have learned that providing materials without training teachers in how to maximise their use – or conversely, training teachers without providing them with adequate quality materials, severely limits the ultimate impact! But combining teacher training, quality resources, and the development of a community of committed teachers results in major advances in disadvantaged children’s readiness for primary school – all under the big umbrella of the Agency for Early Education.
Because “Continuous Improvement” is one of OvidiuRo’s basic training tenets, we always stress the importance of frequent communication. The pandemic led us to adapting all our projects to comply with the new and frequently changing national health protocols. Thus, OvidiuRo’s training sessions moved online in May 2020 and attracted 2000 teachers, librarians, social workers and even priests, who subsequently became “reading ambassadors” in poor communities. Most importantly, they continued to communicate among themselves. They are building a network to share teaching methods and to support one another during this challenging time.
Topics covered in the training included: techniques for reading aloud to children and fundamentals of literacy acquisition, remedial activities for children with learning gaps, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) activities, basic Montessori principles, and activities inspired by the performing arts, to develop children’s creativity, imagination and critical thinking.